My First Attempt at Land Art – 4th Quarter Challenge

I was planning on posting an update about my appliqued caricatures but then Zed posted her 4th quarter challenge. I have always been inspired by nature and have done a few rock cairns but nothing very exciting. So I was excited by the challenge and my mind was full of ideas. But then when I was walking the dogs, I noticed the ever present Tamarack pine needles that appear on our driveway in the autumn. Perhaps Ā I could use those as a basis for land art. Then, since it was a nice day, I needed to finish up filling the cracks in the driveway. To do this, I needed to blow all the pine needles off the driveway. So I donned the backpack blower and started.

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As I was blowing off one driveway, I started pushing the pine needles together and then started shaping it into a tree shape. Once I got as far as the photo above, I turned off the blower and got a small whisk broom.

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And I made this tree. I stood on top of the picnic table to get the photo. The tree is about 25 feet tall. I wish I could have gotten up on the roof to take a better shot but I don’t do heights and I would have fallen off and landed in the hospital or something.

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It was fun shaping the tree and drawing with the pine needles.

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It didn’t take me very long and since I knew I was just going to blow it off the driveway, I didn’t stress about how it looked.

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As you can see, there are still pine needles on the ground in between branches and I didn’t worry about getting them all aligned.

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So, this is my first attempt at land art. It has now been blown off the driveway and is only in digital form at this point. If it was just me, I would have left it on the driveway for a while and taken photos of it as it disintegrated. But hubby was having none of that! I know this has little to do with fiber unless you count pine needles as fiber. But it was fun and I really enjoyed my first foray into land art. Thanks for the challenge Zed!

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20 Responses to My First Attempt at Land Art – 4th Quarter Challenge

  1. koffipot says:

    Makes clearing up a lot more fun! šŸ™‚

  2. zedster66 says:

    That looks really cool, Ruth! šŸ™‚

  3. Lyn says:

    I love it – shame you couldn’t get on the roof with your camera though!

    Only a very creative mind could come up with the tree of pine needles – it really is land art.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn – I thought it would be great if I had one of those drones to fly above it with a camera but alas, I don’t have one šŸ˜‰ I was actually planning on drawing a face with pine needles but the project actually sort of made itself. I just went with what the pine needles wanted.

  4. This is thinking out of the box, uh driveway. lol

  5. Judy says:

    Hello Ruth, your land art is very create and super great…. Love it… Smile… How sad hubby did not appreciate it and made you blow it away…smile…

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Judy. Hubby actually thought it was great but just not on “his driveway”. He’s very protective of his asphalt. šŸ™‚

  6. kwinter12 says:

    Fantastic! Very Mary Poppins: with every job that must be done there is an element of fun. šŸ™‚

  7. It’s great Ruth, very spontaneous and fun. Husbands don’t always appreciate art. šŸ™‚

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Ann – the tree was very spontaneous and just kind of “grew” on its own. Actually my husband usually appreciates art just not on “his asphalt” šŸ™‚

  8. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Great idea Ruth! Very creative. I guess if we’re going to do outside land art, we’d better do it soon. Unless a snow man counts. šŸ™‚

  9. luvswool says:

    Love the pine needle, tree, Ruth! Those of us who are city dwellers will have a bit more of a challenge in finding nature to incorporate into our 4th quarter challenge, but it will be fun!

  10. Jane says:

    I love the shape of your pine needle tree and that ginger colour against the dark asphalt This Land Art challenge has me really intrigued. Not sure if I will try incorporating felt into a bit of land art ( like felting some stones and putting them in a stone stack) or if I will make felt depicting a piece of land art ( make a bag or wall hanging with strong round balanced shaped pattern to mimic a stone stack) I have got some days off coming up and plan on having a felting time so I might even give both a go!

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Jane. The pine needles do make a nice contrast. I look forward to seeing what you do with the Land Art challenge. Do post a photo on the forum when you get it completed.

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